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Ryu Hyun-jin will take the mound at Coors Field for the first time in four years and challenge for four consecutive wins
The Toronto Blue Jays of the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB) will start September with six consecutive away games in the U.S. West.
Toronto announced Ryu Hyun-jin as the starting pitcher for the first game of six consecutive away games against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, at 9:40 a.m. on September 2 (Korea Standard Time).
Ryu Hyun-jin will take the mound at Coors Field for the first time in four years and a month since August 1, 2019, when he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. It's my first time wearing a Toronto uniform.
Coors Field, located 1,600m above sea level, is famous for its long-distance batting due to less air resistance.
Ryu Hyun-jin pitched in six career games at Coors Field, struggling with one win and four losses and a 7.09 ERA. He allowed eight home runs in 26 innings.
In the recent appearance at Coors Field, he won the game with three hits and no runs in six innings. Ryu Hyun-jin tasted the victory here for the first time without giving a score.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who returned after 14 months of rehabilitation after surgery on his left elbow ligament, has won three consecutive games since he won his return match with the Chicago Cubs on the 14th of this month.
With a slow curve of the early 100km/h and sophisticated control, which is rare in the big leagues, he helped Toronto to challenge baseball in the fall with a classic pattern that goes against the light-speed ball era.
At Coors Field, which is completely different from the stadium where the game has been played, the point to watch is whether Ryu Hyun-jin will maintain the ball mix of four fastballs, changeups, curves, and cut fastballs, or face Rockies batters with other lethal moves instead of curves.
Colorado has the lowest winning rate (0.371, 49 wins and 83 losses) in the National League. Still, his bat skills, which took advantage of his home stadium, are in the middle of the league.
"Brain pitcher" Ryu Hyun-jin must find the grave of the operation as he faces a crisis immediately if he is hit by a long hit.
Toronto, ranked fourth in the American League wild card race, is in desperate need of a win as it is chasing the third-place Texas Rangers, whose last postseason ticket is at stake, by three games.
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
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